Super League: Salford Red Devils beat Warrington Wolves 22-6 to go third in Super League

Ken Sio
Ken Sio scored his first Salford hat-trick
Betfred Super League
Salford (2) 22
Tries: Sio 3, Bibby Goals: Inu 3
Warrington (0) 6
Tries: Walker Goals: Ratchford

Ken Sio-inspired Salford had to be patient to beat Challenge Cup winners Warrington 22-6 and move up to third in the Super League table.

Krisnan Inu's early penalty goal was the only scoring of the opening 40, as Salford toiled against an under-strength Wire side in attack.

Sio, who went on to score a hat-trick, finally posted a try for Salford when Tui Lolohea's kick was fumbled.

Jake Bibby added to Sio's treble, while Danny Walker got a Wire consolation.

Despite the elation and emotion of Wembley success just five days ago, Warrington's anxieties will be heightened as they have now lost six league games on the spin having been drawn in by the teams below them.

In-form Salford have now won the same number of games on the bounce to push themselves right into the play-off reckoning, and they along with Warrington, Wigan and Hull are all on 30 points behind runaway leaders St Helens.

There was much to credit a Warrington side for in the opening 40 as they defended stoutly without seven of their cup-winning line-up, while free-scoring Salford had stuttered in attack.

However, once the visitors finally made the breakthrough with Sio pouncing on Tom Lineham's inability to take a Tui Lolohea kick, they found their rhythm.

Kris Welham and Niall Evalds showed sharp handling to put former Hull KR winger Sio for his second, and Bibby finished off after Joey Lussick had bust the line.

Sio's long-range hat-trick score put the game to bed and the Red Devils might have had another had Tyrone McCarthy not been ruled offside.

Warrington had the last word when Walker's try on the back of his own kick ensured Salford would not leapfrog them in the table.

Salford ticket offer to Bolton & Bury fans

Salford had offered season ticket holders at nearby Bolton Wanderers and Bury free entry to Thursday's game.

Bury were expelled from the English Football League on Tuesday, while Bolton's survival was secured after Football Ventures (Whites) Limited completed its protracted takeover of the club on Wednesday.

Salford, who were themselves close to administration at the start of 2013, say the offer will also be available for their final home game of the Super League season against Hull KR.

"Salford Red Devils fans know better than most, how awful they must be feeling and at a time when they will be in constant worry, we wanted to offer a distraction," said director Paul King.

"With a celebrity football match on before our game against Warrington, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to let those fans get together, as they have done so many times before.

"It's a simple gesture of solidarity on our part."

Salford coach Ian Watson:

"I'm really pleased. We needed to complete and we didn't do that in the first half. We felt if we could get them in an arm-wrestle we could exploit their weaknesses in the second half.

"It's a credit to all the players and backroom staff - it has taken us a while to get the right mix of players who want to be involved at this club and compete.

"We take each game as it comes. We are pretty healthy at the moment and if we can stay like that we can afford to be a bit more positive about ourselves.

"As a team going forward we don't fear anyone. We maybe lacked a bit of belief early in the competition but we had a bit of a light-bulb moment against St Helens when we showed we could compete."

Warrington coach Steve Price:

"I was proud of the effort. We had some late changes and we put the gloves on and had a good swing at them.

"It's disappointing that two top-five teams met when we weren't at our best. We looked clunky at times but that's to be expected. Salford were too good for us - they are playing good football.

"It's important we don't let mental fatigue set in. The players will get some time with their loved ones, they deserve that because we've not had a weekend off since we started."

Salford: Evalds; Sio, Welham, Bibby, Inu; Lolohea, Hastings; Mossop, Tomkins, Dudson, Jones, McCarthy, Burke.

Replacements: Lussick, J. Johnson, Walker, Flanagan.

Warrington: Ratchford; Lineham, Goodwin, Burrell, Mamo; Hughes, Smith; Philbin, Walker, Tasi, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, J. Clark.

Replacements: D. Clark, Akauola, Johnson, Westwood.

Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL)

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